November 3, 2010

Nittany Digs: What Brown Does for PSU

Massive apologies for this posting two days late. After a rough start to the season, Penn State is winning again... and winning and winning.
Blair Brown

Since opening the Big Ten conference schedule a relatively disastrous (for Penn State's standards) 3-3, the Nittany Lions (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) have reeled off six straight wins, including victories over No. 22 Minnesota, No. 19 Northwestern, while avenging earlier losses to Indiana and Purdue.

Speaking of the Hoosiers and Boilermakers, here's the roundup from last week.

Blair Brown Player of the Week

Considering her career at Penn State to this point, it's kind of amazing this is only Blair Brown's second Big Ten co-Player of the Week award ever. It's the first this season.
"Brown led the team in kills in wins over Indiana and Purdue, including a career-high 23 Saturday night against the Boilermakers. The senior finished with 16 kills against Indiana before her career-night against Purdue, which also included 13 digs. Brown recorded 39 kills on the weekend and registered a .345 hitting percentage. She averaged 5.57 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set."
No. 9 Penn State vs Indiana - W, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22)
Senior Blair Brown (Purcellville, Va.) led the Nittany Lions (18-4, 8-3 Big Ten) with 16 kills, tallying eight in the third set alone. Freshman Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) was second on the team with nine kills on .533 hitting, while senior Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.) registered eight kills on 13 errorless swings. Sophomore Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.) dished out 37 assists and finished second on the team with 10 digs. Senior libero Alyssa D'Errico (Byron, N.Y.) posted a match-high 12 digs, while Wilson led Penn State with six total blocks.

The Nittany Lions hit .395 for the match and held the Hoosiers to .161. Penn State totaled 46 kills, two aces, 36 digs and 9.0 total team blocks. Indiana closed out the match with 35 kills, two aces, 23 digs and 2.0 team blocks."
No. 9 Penn State vs Purdue - W, 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23)
"Senior Blair Brown (Purcellville, Va.) led the Nittany Lions with a career-high 23 kills. The opposite also had 13 digs. Freshman Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.) was second on the team with 16 kills and senior Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.) had 10. Senior libero Alyssa D'Errico (Byron, N.Y.) had a match-high 19 digs, while McClendon tallied 15 and senior Cathy Quilico (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) had 12. Sophomore Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.) dished out 51 assists. Wilson and freshman Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) had four blocks each.

The Nittany Lions hit .301 against the Boilermakers (15-8, 6-6 Big Ten) and totaled 64 kills, two aces, 74 digs and 8.0 total team blocks. Purdue registered a .155 attack percentage and recorded 51 kills, two aces, 68 digs and 7.5 team blocks."
In the Polls

No movement for No. 9 Penn State in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.

What's Next?

The Nittany Lions are back on the road next weekend with their second meetings of the regular season with Michigan and Michigan State. Penn State faces the Wolverines on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and the Spartans on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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  1. The game vs Michigan will be taped delayed on ESPN2, but it'll be live on ESPN3.

    I've cared more about this game than I ever did about last week's football game. WE WILL DEFEAT PENN STATE SOMEDAY.

  2. If there is a year to beat PSU women's volleyball, this year is it.

  3. Though, the girls are really turning it on lately. So we'll see how UM does.